Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino

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#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Mendocino County
began operation in 1909 and, despite many threats to its preservation, continues to serve sailors today. The state historic park that houses the lighthouse boasts several historical buildings and wide Pacific Ocean views. You can access the light station buildings via two walks. The easier of the two starts at the south end of the parking lot and is paved. The dirt path located at the north end traverses grassland and coastal prairie. By the lighthouse, you can find three restored lightkeeper homes, one of which has been transformed into a period museum. Its artifacts and displays illustrate the lighthouse's history and provide a glimpse of local history. Make Point Cabrillo Light Station a centerpiece of your Mendocino vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mendocino travel tool .
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  • I'd never visited a light station before, so when my husband and I planned our 30th anniversary trip in the area, we put the Point Cabrillo Light Station on our itinerary. Talk about a great decision....  more »
  • This light house is switched so serenely on the shores with beautiful coves nearby. We were so lucky to spot several whales here on New Years day 2018! You can even stay at one of the cottages on the ...  more »
  • Small lighthouse museum and gift shop. You will have to walk a half mile each way to get to the lighthouse. What made the stop worthwhile for us was the knowledgeable volunteer that was working at the...  more »
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  • Good place to stop by to learn about history of this lighthouse. Parking lot is kind of smaller, parks about 15 - 20 cars. There are 2 bathrooms here also. From the parking lot, you walk 10min (~1/2mi) down a paved road to the light house itself. Not a bad walk, but it’s a walk. The are some buildings you can rent from to stay, but specific to lighthouse, there are 2 buildings to visit: smaller building is a exhibition on wildlife in that area - including a live tank with starfish and coral. The lighthouse building has history on the lighthouse. Donations are welcomed. It can get windy at the lighthouse, so dress warm.
  • We stayed at Other Cabrillo lighthouse recently, and woke up to the most beautiful views everyday. This place is terrific. And the lighthouse is one of the three across US, that still is actively deployed. When you look at the mirrors in the light, they sparkle like Diamonds. It's amazing! My suggestion, don't rush through this place. Come, bring g your Picnic basket, spend 2-3 hours, and watch the sunset. You will love it.
  • Quiet peaceful walk out to a gorgeous view of the Pacific. There are some houses for vacation rentals which look really cute. The only complaint I had was the 5 dollar suggested donation which seemed to only get you into the gift shop.
  • This is a must see site. The walk is a bit far but they have handicap parking closer down to the shore to help aide those who have mobility issues. The coves are breath taking. If you want an amazing experience stay in the rental units onsite. They are a one of a kind experience. On clear nights the lighthouse is memorizing and the the night sky is amazing. The sweeping meadows have a large population of deer which are fun to watch from a distance.
  • This a beautiful lighthouse that is still in service. It's light is visible from most nearby coastlines at night. The girl in the lighthouse was very knowledgeable of the history and use of the lighthouse. The lighthouse and surrounding area are free to visit with donations accepted at the lighthouse. There is an easy 1/2 mile walk to the lighthouse from the parking area.

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